Observer Research Foundation

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Coordinates: 28°37′50″N 77°14′15″E / 28.630643°N 77.237465°E / 28.630643; 77.237465

Observer Research Foundation
Formation September 5, 1990; 26 years ago (1990-09-05)
Type Public Policy Think Tank
Headquarters 20, Rouse Avenue Institutional Area, New Delhi - 110 002
Sunjoy Joshi

Observer Research Foundation (ORF) is an independent think tank based in India.[1] It is ranked as the 8th Best Think Tank in Asia by the University of Pennsylvania's Global Go To Think Tank Index.[2] ORF has partnerships with think tanks such as Brookings Institution, Chatham House, RAND Corporation, Centre for Strategic and International Studies (USA) among others.[3]


Observer Research Foundation was conceived and supported by a cross-section of leading intellectuals, academics, public figures, social activists, business leaders and institutions of higher learning. It was established on September 5, 1990 as a non-profit, public policy think tank and Rishi Kumar Mishra was the founding chairman.[4]


ORF provides informed and viable inputs for policy and decision-makers in the Indian Government and to the political and business leadership of India. For this, the Foundation has established six centres to consolidate and shape its many activities and programs. These are the:

  • Centre for International Relations[5]
  • Cyber and Media Initiative[6]
  • Institute of Security Studies[7]
  • Centre for Resources Management[8]
  • Centre for Politics and Governance[9]
  • Centre for Economy and Development[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "About US". Retrieved 2016-06-15. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ "Institution Partners". Retrieved 2016-06-15. 
  4. ^ "R K Mishra". Retrieved 2016-06-15. 
  5. ^ "Centre for International Relations". Retrieved 2016-06-15. 
  6. ^ "ORF CYBER MONITOR ARCHIVE". Retrieved 2016-06-15. 
  7. ^ "Institute of Security Studies". Retrieved 2016-06-15. 
  8. ^ "Centre for Resources Management". Retrieved 2016-06-15. 
  9. ^ "Centre for Politics and Governance". Retrieved 2016-06-15. 
  10. ^ "Centre for Economy and Developmen". Retrieved 2016-06-15.